Coffee in Weymouth for testicular cancer awareness

Coffee in Weymouth for testicular cancer awareness

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 3:16pm 10th April 2019. (Updated at 8:00am 13th April 2019)

Brian Florance is riding 300 miles in just 3 days!

A Weymouth dad is preparing to ride 300 miles in three days, raising awareness of testicular cancer.

Brian Florance will pedal from Bodmin to Bristol in May.

His daughter Gemma is hosting a special BALLS TO COFFEE AND CAKE MORNING at Lanehouse Methodist church between 10 and 1 today  - in a bid to raise funds for the charity IT'S IN THE BAG.

She says it's vital we help towards finding a cure.

"There are lots of cancer charities out there and cancer has affected our family members, close friends and family of mine. It's really really important to raise as much money as we can because we really do need to find a cure for this horrible disease which affects so many people".

Brian is also known as The Weymouth Warrior. Writing on "Le Tour de Balls Deux" he said,

"I'm a husband, father, Grandfather at the ripe old age of 64 who lives in Weymouth and loves sport, especially cycling. Unfortunately having a knee replacement is a constant reminder of my youth, but I never let that stop my determination in setting myself personal riding challenges like this one for "It's in the Bag"."

"I have had many family and friends affected by different forms of cancer, so I wanted to give something back for the support and treatment they have received. I am not only raising awareness of Testicular Cancer, the most common form of cancer in men, but also would like to raise money in support of this local South West Charity."

"Last year, I rode the Axel Merckx Okanagan Granfondo (100 miles) in British Columbia, Canada. This was a major challenge for me but all made worthwhile as I actually got to meet and be photographed with Axel himself. It was a highlight of my trip but unfortunately didn't get tp meet his dad "Eddie" who was a cycling idol from when I was younger."

Gemma says she is beyond proud of what her dad is doing.

"He won't thank me but he's 64 years old and to ride 300 miles in 3 days is a massive achievement. Words don't even come close. I am extremely proud of him".

And she says men should never be afraid to get a check up at the Doctor's if they suspect something is wrong.

"One of the charity's slogans is KEEP CALM AND CHECK YOUR BALLS. It's kind of fun and light hearted. It is a big thing for men to face up to things and it's so important that men are aware that this cancer is so prevalent in Dorset."


"250 men in Dorset were diagnosed with testicular cancer over the last 12 months so it's on the rise and needs to be addressed and men must not be scared in coming forward".

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